Smithsonian National Zoological Park is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. The words National Zoo represent a large, complex, and diverse organization with a multifaceted mission: demonstrating leadership in animal care, science, education, and...
Our national zoo - and it’s free! The Amazonia exhibit and the pandas are highlights.
Take the metro one stop further (red line) and exit at Cleveland Park to walk downhill to the main entrance. If driving, park in Lot E at the bottom of the Zoo - this way the return to your car is downhill. Lots of great things to see and do at the Zoo!
This is my absolute favorite place to take the kids in the city. It’s easy to get to by car, plenty of paid parking (and if you get lucky free parking on Connecticut), and lots of great things to see. They have pandas, elephants, giraffes, apes, lions and way more.
Allow yourselves time to visit as it is a large park. Wear comfortable clothes and bring water.
Always free of charge, the Smithsonian National Zoo is one of Washington D.C.'s and the Smithsonian's most popular tourist spots.
“(4.5 miles) We have probably spent more hours here than any other place in DC. There is something for everyone including hands-on demonstrations, 3-D IMAX movies ( these cost), and a McDonalds that sometimes has aircraft from the museum in their Happy Meals. Even if you’re an adult, it may be worth it to order a couple of Happy Meals.”
“Great museum for kids to explore. It gets crowded so reserve your (free) entry pass in advance.”
“One of the largest parks in the country, a great place to enjoy nature, have a picnic or get in some good miles on a walk/run/ jog! ”
“The National Mall is basically Washington DC’s backyard – it’s a grassy lawn where visitors and locals hang out on sunny days. Full of world-class museums (we’ll get to this later) and fun festivals, the National Mall is the center of many activities in the city.”